Lesson Plan

Inferring with Visual Elements

Your ELs will practice drawing connections between illustrations and relevant text in a story in order to make inferences. This lesson can be a stand-alone resource or it can be paired with the lesson Analyzing Visual Elements.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Analyzing Visual Elements lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Analyzing Visual Elements lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic
  • Students will be able to make connections between visual elements and the text.
  • Students will be able to draw inferences from a text.
Language

Students will be able to make inferences about visual elements with introductory phrases using a graphic organizer and paragraph frame.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Drawing ConclusionsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceI Can Make Inferences: Concept WebPart 1: Using Visual Clues to Make InferencesPart 2: Using Visual Clues to Make InferencesVocabulary Cards: Inferring with Visual ElementsGlossary Template
  • Show the picture from the Drawing Conclusions worksheet. Then, inform students that just by looking at this picture, they can find clues about the 5 W's ("who," "what," "when," "where," "why"). Call on students to share their ideas about this scene.
  • Tell students that in order to really know what's going on in this picture, they would need to read the part of the story that goes along with the picture.
  • Tell them that today they're going to be using clues that they find from both the text and pictures in a story to make inferences about that story.
  • Display the worksheet I Can Make Inferences: Concept Web in a highly visible place in your classroom and read the different parts of the web.
  • Tell your students that during this lesson, they'll be reading parts of the book Freedom Summer and using a graphic organizer and sentence frames to write inferences.